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01-13-2021 09:29 AM
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(01-13-2021 09:29 AM)MU ATO Wrote:  06-football

There is a lot of information and speculation that it's happening, but I still can't bring myself to believe it until I see it. I had to look it up, but I'm on record here as far back as 2017 insisting GCU will never start football, with the strongest evidence for my resolve in the following post. Maybe something has changed since?

(06-22-2019 03:08 AM)gleadley Wrote:  A feasibility study was completed back in the D2 days & it has been a consistent "hard pass" on football from University leadership ever since. Football would require too much capital to launch, too much time to reach financial break-even, and necessitate blowing up an otherwise stable and healthy athletic department. Very little has changed since this 2016 article, where Pres. Mueller expressed where GCU stands on starting football:

"We are not in the place that we want everything else to sacrifice to have that one thing (i.e. football),” Mueller said. “There are a lot of schools that have done really well without football like the Big East schools like Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova. (Also) Gonzaga, St. Mary’s. They are all schools that have built really good athletic programs without football.”

Coupled with the long-term outlook for the game as a whole, which isn't very good given declining youth and high school participation rates, a new football start-up just doesn't make a lot of sense. GCU is more than content with its current 21 Division I varsity teams and thriving club sports program.
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01-13-2021 09:49 AM
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That and you have sand volleyball... that's awesome all by itself.
01-13-2021 10:25 AM
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01-13-2021 12:45 PM
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I think it is just to announce the addition of new teams to the WAC. It is January 14th tomorrow and that is the day the WAC was scheduled to make the expansion announcement. GCU is just letting their own fans know about this. Nothing else.
01-13-2021 02:18 PM
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(01-13-2021 02:18 PM)DZ1 Wrote:  I think it is just to announce the addition of new teams to the WAC. It is January 14th tomorrow and that is the day the WAC was scheduled to make the expansion announcement. GCU is just letting their own fans know about this. Nothing else.

There was no GCU press conference to announce or welcome CBU, Dixie State, or Tarleton State. The exact same thing can be accomplished in a couple social media posts. No need to roll out the Statue himself, Jerry Colangelo, let alone half the athletic department.

The only way it makes sense is if they use the press conference as opportunity to FINALLY drop the interim tag from Jamie Boggs' title. Otherwise, they are wasting everyone's time.
01-13-2021 02:31 PM
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GCU now saying "WAC Announcement/GCU Comments". In the end, I'm glad it's not football, but what a colossal waste of everyone's time. Send a tweet welcoming the new conference members and keep it moving.


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01-14-2021 10:23 AM
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In case there is any confusion about where University leadership stands on football (10:11 mark)...


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01-15-2021 09:47 AM
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(01-15-2021 09:47 AM)gleadley Wrote:  In case there is any confusion about where University leadership stands on football (10:11 mark)...



That’s how CONFERENCE USA is. Texas rules all. I would LOVE for Marshall my undergrad alma mater to get out of CUSA for that reason alone.
01-16-2021 08:51 AM
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